After Mercy Kennady, 9, lost her mother to Ebola, she made international news when she was found crying, scared and alone, wandering the streets of Liberia. Her journey has taken her from being orphaned, facing stigma and undergoing quarantine to starting anew in the loving home of a foster family. This photo essay I wrote for UNICEF’s global Medium account tells her story and was selected by the UNICEF Director of Communication for the first-ever “Things we can all learn from” newsletter of the top nine examples of communications work produced by staff around the world.
The piece was featured front and center on the UNICEF homepage.
It was also liked over 4,600 times (as of April 1, 2015) when shared on UNICEF’s global Facebook page.
And it was retweeted over 100 times from UNICEF’s global Twitter handle.
The number and scale of humanitarian emergencies in 2014 made it an unprecedented year in UNICEF’s work to meet the needs of children and families affected by crisis. As UNICEF’s Executive Board gathered at the start of its first regular session of 2015, Member States considered the growing number and complexity of emergencies, the lessons UNICEF learned from the preceding year and how those insights may be applied to provide even more timely and effective humanitarian aid. In a top-agenda item, the Board considered how UNICEF can continue to have sufficient funds available when a situation quickly deteriorates, facilitating stronger operational capacity to respond to crises.
2014 was a devastating year, in which too many children around the world found themselves caught in emergencies with no end in sight. This photography essay captures the crises—from armed conflicts and natural disasters to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak—that undermined children’s ability to access healthcare, attend school, and play, and threatened their very survival.
In addition to appearing on the UNICEF Photography homepage, the essay was also featured front and center on the homepage of UNICEF’s global website.
A photography essay covering UNICEF’s response to the largest Ebola outbreak in history, currently ravaging communities in West Africa.
The second installment of a two-part series of web articles covering initiatives and themes deliberated by member states during the 2014 Second Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters.
The first installment of a two-part series of web articles covering initiatives and themes deliberated by member states during the 2014 Second Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters.
The third installment of a three-part series of web articles covering initiatives and themes deliberated by member states during the 2014 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters, focuses on the importance of securing and fulfilling equal rights for girls in order to create a brighter future for all children.